Costa denies claims he could make Atletico return

Diego Costa: Returns to the Chelsea side this weekend

Diego Costa: Returns to the Chelsea side this weekend

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has denied reports he could return to Atletico Madrid – but admits the Blues “must do more” to improve.

The striker – along with many of his team-mates – has endured a disappointing start to the campaign and the Blues were forced to deny allegations that the striker has fallen out with club captain John Terry earlier this week.

Despite the denials, the Brazilian-born Spain international has been linked with a shock return to his former club Atletico, with reports in Spain suggesting the club have sounded out the 26-year-old over a return to the Vicente Calderon.

However, Costa, who joined Chelsea in a £32million switch last summer, insists a move back to the Spanish capital isn’t on the cards.

“How am I going to return to Atletico if no one has made me an offer?,” the striker, who netted in the 4-0 triumph over Maccabi Tel Aviv on Wednesday, told Al Primer Toque.

“I scored a good goal [against Maccabi] but we needed to win and that’s what matters.”

Costa, however, is looking for his team-mates to build on Wednesday’s win – starting with Chelsea’s Saturday lunchtime clash against Arsenal.

“We know we can give a little more than we are. Each one of us knows that we can do more. We thought things would be better.”